Lutheran schools and early childhood services are communities of hope, nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness which empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence. (Growing deep Our Foundation)
While we have all been ‘turbo charged’ in the past weeks as we manage the situation we find ourselves in locally and globally, how incredibly blessed we are to be part of an organisation which has the above statement as one of its’ ‘Foundations’.
What a perfect time to focus on these words: “communities of hope” “nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness”, “empowered to embrace the future with confidence”. These are such strong and positive words in a situation where we are seeing and experiencing the opposite.
The other day when I was visiting my 95 yr old mum in her residential home (before the lock-down) we were discussing the current situation and she wisely said, “How on earth do people who don’t have the love and hope that God provides manage what is going on?”
LESNW are communities of HOPE who can embrace the future with confidence because we know where our hope comes from!
Don’t be afraid I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong. Isaiah 41:10
You Lord are the light that keeps me safe. I am not afraid of anyone. You protect me and I have no fears. Psalm 27:1
Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. Phil 4: 6-7
God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him 1 Peter 5: 7
We have a fabulous opportunity right now, when people are losing jobs, person connection, health, wellbeing, and hope, to be filled with hope, love and confident of the future, reflecting God’s love to others. However, this is NOT something we can ‘self-generate’ especially when the realities of the current situation hit home in a multitude of ways. We need to focus on this aspect: ‘nurtured by God’s word, love and forgiveness.’ The busier and more stressed we get, the more we need to be nurtured. We need to dedicate extra time to being nurtured by God who can provide us with everything we need and more.
Returning to my ‘wise’ mum, I had to call her last week to inform her that she is now in lock down, so no more visits from her daughters, grandchildren, great grandchild, family and friends. After an initial intake of breath, she was the one helping me to cope. “I’ll be fine, I know that God has everything sorted and if this is what has to happen, then how blessed am I? I am more concerned about those people who don’t have this safety!” What a great model of ‘hope, love and embracing the future with confidence’.
A beautiful example of being ‘nurtured by God’s word, love and forgiveness’ was shared with me by Paula Skinner from OSLS last week. One of her year 7 students ‘gifted’ the staff with her song for morning devotion. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xMEV7GanngW9wPLsZG8J6waEe7CaHC04
This too is how God nurtures us, through our students, parents, colleagues and community.
I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope. Rom 15:13
Educational Leadership Director